After a record-breaking 2003, it’s been a great start to 2004 for Mercedes Benz – the company was this week presented with two Fleet Excellence Awards.

Voted for by readers of Fleet Week and Fleet Management magazines, the E-Class Estate, launched last June, was voted Estate Car of the year, while the S-Class Saloon retained its Luxury Car crown. The E-Class Saloon was Highly Commended in the executive category.

Tristan Young, Fleet Week’s Editor praised the Estate car winner: "The E-Class Estate bristles with new technology options including clever headlamps that move with the direction of the steering wheel and a powered tailgate and boot floor.

"To drive, the new estate feels little different from the saloon with a similar feeling of rigidity and quality – despite the extra length. The package is topped off with a clutch of excellent petrols and diesels."

Despite a host of new challengers in the sector, fleet operators continue to rate the S-Class range as the best in its group. Guy Bird, Editor of Fleet Management magazine commented: "In an area where costs are high, expectations of cars for members of the board are also high.

"The biggest Mercedes continues to deliver with the best RVs in itS-Class, excellent reliability and build quality as well as driver appeal. The car has maintained its lead over rivals because of its wide engine range, which rivals are only now starting to emulate. The range includes no fewer than seven different units – petrol and diesel."

It is this broad range of engine options and specifications across every model that ensures Mercedes Benz offers business users the ideal package for their needs. Dermot Kelly, Managing Director Mercedes Car Group explained: "We are delighted to accept these awards following the endorsement of our fleet customers, who continue to buy our cars in record numbers.

"We are repaying that customer commitment by offering generous specification levels, competitive running costs and excellent residual values – all of which combine to make the Mercedes Benz range a cost-effective solution for businesses and private buyers alike."

With these professional honours given to the enduringly popular S-Class – still the only car in the world to feature Pre-Safe accident prediction and protection technology – and newest model in the range (E-Class Estate), the Fleet Excellence awards prove once again that Mercedes Benz is the number one luxury car company.

Published : 26/01/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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